Pasco Detention Deputy Norman Grant arrested, accused of abusing teen inmate

11:22 AM, Jul 5, 2013   |    comments
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New Port Richey, Florida -- A Pasco County detention deputy is facing charges for threatening and abusing a teenager.

Investigators say it happened at the Land O'Lakes Jail  on June 20. A 16-year-old inmate was reportedly banging his head against his jail cell door, so deputies handcuffed the teen and placed him in a restraining chair, which is standard procedure. 

But investigators say the teen complained the restraints were too tight and flexed his legs. That's when 45-year-old Detention Deputy Norman Grant allegedly grabbed the inmate by the throat with his left hand and squeezed tightly enough so that the teen couldn't breathe. 

A mental health counselor was called in and found an abrasion and redness consistent with the teenager's claim that he had been choked. The inmate also claims Deputy Grant whispered at the time, "Stop, or I'll break your neck."

Investigators say given the allegations, they went and pulled surveillance video from the jail and that the images also supported the teen's story. 

Grant has been charged with using unnecessary force. Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco says this does not represent his department and that Grant has been fired.

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